Bernie Sanders Never Stood a Chance
Senator Sanders certainly made an impact in the 2016 primary race, achieving outright victory in 22 states over Hillary Clinton, a candidate who by all means was supposed to walk through the early race with no opposition. Even today Sanders is vowing to continue his fight, yet the odds are definitely not in his favor nor are the Super Delegates who are almost unanimously supporting Mrs. Clinton. The Democrat Party has for decades been run by a core group of like-minded leaders who are focused on transformative politics, and although the Sanders platform has a healthy dose of similar thinking, Bernie isn't actually a "Party Man." Most of his political career, which is actually most of his life, Bernie Sanders was listed as an Independent candidate and only joined the Democratic Party for this primary run. Clearly his outsider status was the main reason for him being denied most of the Super Delegate votes, but if we examine the race and the major players, we can see that he never had a chance, no matter what his message was, and in fact his entire primary race was being monitored for future manipulation by the Party,
The Game is Rigged
After Barack Obama defeated Hillary Clinton in their primary race eight years ago, Hillary was forced to take a backseat, she was forced to step out of the limelight and into a mundane State Department position where she was constantly under the thumb of President Obama. Since President Obama wasn't fond of her husband, this probably was quite humiliating for her and enjoyable for Obama. Since Obama was the anointed one and she was reduced to a piece on the board, one that was expected to play her role by carrying the water for the party in any way they told her too. She humbly followed orders because she knew that it was the only way to position herself for a future run at the highest office in the land. In 2008, she had high expectations that simply "being a Clinton" would have propelled her to the top of the ticket simply on the reputation of her husband, however the "Hope and Change" message of Barack Obama plus the fact that he was black led the Democratic handlers to put their chips in his basket; they were later rewarded for this support with consecutive terms in the White House, much to the chagrin of Hillary Clinton. The rigged game called the Democratic Party Nominating Process came calling and unfortunately her name wasn't the one they were calling. Now eight years later, after playing her role and doing penance in the Democratic machine, Hillary Clinton finds herself in the same seat that President Obama was only later - she is the one benefitting from the rigged system run by the Democrats and fortunately for her because without it, Bernie Sanders might have been able to topple her. But as with Democrats, the Party always comes first, even before America. "Power before the people" should be the Party manta, since that's all they care about in the end.
Bernie Becomes Useful
Early on in the race, the Democratic strategists saw what Bernie Sanders was doing from a messaging standpoint and like the good copycats that they are, they simply took the high points an inserted them into Hillary's campaign message. Since Hillary has a history of following the orders of her handlers, this was really easy and the race was on to neutralize Sanders. When he spoke of taxing the rich, she upped the ante and blasted billionaires, when he spoke of progressive ideology, she went the extra mile, basically not allowing him to sound more Progressive than she did in any way. Bernie did stumble out of the gate in key demographics for Democrats, namely black voters, which really hurt him early on and which Clinton certainly capitalized on. He also had a much weaker team than Clinton, who had the backing of the entire Democratic Party, including Debbie Wasserman-Schultz speaking on her behalf. Yet, in spite of the odds against him, Bernie started winning states, more than anyone expected and certainly more than Clinton was comfortable with.
The Pincer Move - Machine Politics in Action
During the "surge" period when Bernie Sanders really started gaining traction, the Democratic Party finally came to grips with Bernie, but not because they wanted him as their candidate, but because of how he was energizing the youth segment of the electorate. They allowed Bernie to continue his message, virtually unmolested because it was bringing young people to the ballot box, very similar to what Barack Obama had done. Since Hillary Clinton has been unable to energize young people, especially young women into supporting her, the handlers in the Democratic Party warmed to the idea of allowing Bernie to spend his grass-roots campaign dollars to buy those votes. Of course this being under the premise that in the end, Bernie would fall and the Party would be able to hopefully shift those voters into the Clinton camp. Even as the race was clearly a Clinton victory, she avoided personally saying he needed to step away as she didn't want to indicate to his supporters anything that might drive them to support Donald Trump or stay home on election night. No matter what she claims, the Party needs Sanders and his legions.
Now that Hillary Clinton has the nomination locked up, we'll see this plan enter the execution stages and Bernie Sanders will see that he has ultimately been used by the Party as nothing more than a Pied Piper for these past months. It started yesterday with Bernie visiting the White House and spending some time with fellow Socialist President Obama. Now it might seem on the surface that the two are more similar than Clinton-Obama, simply because of their Marxist methodologies but his past loyalties haven't been in lockstep with the Party, so he's really not playing on the same level. So Sanders emerged from the White House meeting spouting a new message which is heavily layered in defeating Donald Trump and how much he is looking forward to meeting with and campaigning with Hillary Clinton. Many Sanders supporters are wide-eyed and shocked at how easy he pivoted to be a good foot soldier; what lies in store for Bernie Sanders in the hierarchy of power will probably answer that question in the future. The President and other leaders of the Party will now pull the puppet strings on Sanders and use his voice to start shifting his supporters over to Clinton. His firebrand determination will be remembered in history as one of the greatest achievements from an outsider in the Democratic Party; however his selling out will overshadow that achievement.
Obama is the Key
President Obama needs Hillary Clinton to succeed him in order to secure the legacy he so desperately needs. Hillary Clinton being elected will demonstrate in his opinion that his policies were successful, so much that America elected someone to continue them. If America elects a Socialist or someone like Donald Trump, who will undo everything and expose it for the collective group of failures it is, would be devastating. As he enters the twilight phase of his term in office, President Obama is realizing that his entire platform of "Hope and Change" could be rendered mute if he cannot find a successor who will continue them, at least for a few years. When America makes an immediate switch to the other party such as what happened with Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan, the ideological differences are quickly put under the microscope and if the next President were to be a Republican it could happen again. Especially if the next President were to re-energize the economy and finally fix immigration. What Obama needs is several more years of America failing to cement his legacy as it would be recorded in history as a longer term problem of the nation, not of his Presidency, and he "was doing his best" to keep America from falling further into ruin. It's the ultimate shell game at this point and Obama needs to have Hillary be elected and much to his happiness, be the one who ultimately is left holding the bag when things really collapse. By supporting her, even though he personally detests the Clintons, makes him a winner on both fronts; his legacy preserved and a failed Clinton Presidency.
Watch the next few months as Bernie Sanders is called upon to earn his 40 pieces of Silver and try to shift his supporters to Clinton. His message will be manicured to remove the most vitriolic portions and he will focus more on why Donald Trump isn't good for America in his Socialist opinion. He won't come out and prop Hillary up, but instead be used as a hit man. The Democrats will pray that he can accomplish this feat. Even though Sanders repeatedly complained about dirty tricks from the Clinton campaign along the way, he will play ball. Even though Sanders was the victim of relentless assaults by the Liberal Media, he'll play ball. But the bigger question looming is whether his supporters, who are not fans of Mrs. Clinton, will play ball. The belief that suddenly the youth of America will want to put their support behind a woman who epitomizes "Establishment Politics" is tough to swallow, but the Democrats feel they can make it happen.
Many of these voters might not like the Trump platform 100%, but they are not fools who can be led around on tethers like the Obama voters of eight years ago. They have matured in a time of overwhelming big government takeovers and massive levels of unemployment from poorly executed and planned government programs. They see their culture being wiped out and tax dollars being spent on everything other than American interests. They are not concerned with Party platforms or conforming to Party doctrine, in fact they are against it and want that old status quo broken up forever. They want to have a voice that matters. They want to have the skeletons taken out of the closet and put on full display, they want no more secrets in government, they want the big moneyed "handlers" of the two party system to be neutered and allow "we the people" to have a powerful voice. At this point, Donald Trump is the only option left to break up that system, being much more vocal about it than Sanders ever was. The Democratic Party will try to make them into "Party First" citizens, but in the end I don't see it happening. It's not about the Party's anymore, it's about what's best for the country, for the economy, for the future jobs market, and for the sovereignty of this nation in the world theater.
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